The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, YEP Agrofood, YEP Energy and YEP Tailor-made, is to offer young Dutch and local professionals the opportunity to take their first steps in an international environment. They are employed through Dutch organisations in a number of eligible countries. The programmes aim to rejuvenate the water, agrofood and renewable energy sectors and ensure the continued availability of expertise for these sectors.

The YEP Programmes are carried out jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 19):

15 October 2019

Preparatory training course

Training of the 18th batch starts on 25 November

Training of the 19th batch starts on 20 January 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 4 November

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the new introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Ruben van der Meulen - YEP Water at Acacia Water in Kenya

Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

Paul Kato

Young Expert at We Consult - Uganda

YEP period 2018 - 2020, batch 14

YEP Role

I am currently working as a junior hydrogeologist at WE Consult. Some of the day to day tasks include:

  • Geophysical site investigations.
  • Drilling & Borehole construction supervision
  • Proposal and report writing
  • Water supply construction supervision
  • DTH borehole camera inspection
  • Water Resources Assessment

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Goal oriented, eager to learn, analytic and positive mindset
  • Team work
  • Logical

Nationality: Ugandan
Education: Bsc. (Hons) Petroleum Geosciences and Production


Experience before YEP

I have been working as a junior hydrogeologist at WE Consult before joining YEP Programmes.

YEP Agrofood


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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Drilling supervision at Magamaga, Mayuge district, Uganda
Drilling supervision for a production borehole at Magamaga village. Drilled depth: 58.98mbgl Drillers yield: 10.8 cubic meters per hour Lithology: Granite Client: Ministry of Water and more

Logging while drilling

Friday, April 27, 2018
Previously sited and drilled borehole in Lukhonge , Mbale district, Uganda
After the introductory training, I have been involved in three projects so far; Borehole camera inspection for 13 boreholes in Nwoya and Apac districts Uganda Needs gaps assessment in Kole more

Getting ready to lower the DTH camera